Wednesday, July 2, 2008

IN A PIT WITH A LION...

I just finished reading "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" by Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in D.C. It's a great devotional read, based on the story of Benaiah in 2 Samuel 23. The whole book is geared toward the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity even though risks might be high. It was a timely read for me and I recommend it highly. I feel a couple of sermons coming soon based on my learnings.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

  • The most important choice you make every day is your attitude. Your internal attitudes are far more important than your external circumstances. Joy is mind over matter.
  • There are basically two types of people in the world: compainers and worshipers....Complainers will always find something to complain about. Worshipers will always find something to praise God about. They simply have different default settings.
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Mark Twain)
  • Lion chasers are risk takers. They have learned that playing it safe is risky. They recognize that the best you can do if you run away from a lion is break even. You might save your skin, but you won't have a lion skin hanging on your wall either. No risk equals no reward.
  • I'm convinced that the only thing between you and your destiny is one small act of courage. One courageous choice may be the only thing between you and your dream becoming reality.
  • Lion chasers have the courage to overcome inaction inertia. Their fear of missing out is greater than their fear of messing up.
  • Generally speaking, you are probably never going to be more than 80 percent certain. Waiting for greater certainty may cause you to miss an opportunity. (Andy Stanley)
  • Most of us want absolute certainty before we step out in faith...But the problem with that is this: It takes faith out of the equation. There is no such thing as risk-free faith. And you can't experience success without risking failure.
  • I think there are two kinds of people in the world: creators and criticizers. There are people who get out of the boat and walk on water. And there are people who sit in the boat and criticize water walkers.

I can't help it. This stuff is so good, I'll have to do a part two on it next time.

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